John Deutch has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost. He has also held significant government posts throughout his career. In May 1995, he was sworn in as Director of Central Intelligence following a unanimous vote in the Senate, serving until December 1996. In addition, he has served on many commissions during several presidential administrations. Professor Deutch earned a B.A. in history and economics from Amherst College, and both the B.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT.
Professor Deutch's research applies statistical mechanics to equilibrium and time dependent problems in physical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on developing techniques that permit the quantitative understanding of a wide variety of phenomena in three distinct areas. One area is the theory of dilute and concentrated polymer solutions with attention placed on understanding the frictional properties of these solutions. A second area of interest involves two-dimensional chemistry. The third area concerns the theory of diffusion controlled reactions.
Dr. Deutch has published over 140 technical publications in physical chemistry, as well as numerous publications on technology, energy, international security, and public policy issues. Professor Deutch has co-authored a book entitled Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and Environment with Richard K. Lester. He has written numerous policy publications including: